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AfriForum: Criminal action can be taken on person in foreign country

AfriForum’s Willie Spies explains the formal procedures that will take place over the next few weeks.

FILE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace stand by the monument of the Unknown Soldier during Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on August 10, 2015. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – Lobby group AfriForum lawyer says civil or criminal action can be taken against someone in a foreign country if due processes are followed.

It’s argued in court papers, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane misinterpreted the law when she granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

The Zimbabwean first lady was allowed to leave the country last Sunday without having to answer to assault charges against her.

Gabriella Engels who claims she was beaten by Mugabe is challenging the government decision.

Afriforum’s Willie Spies explains the formal procedures that will take place over the next few weeks.

Spies says they will ask the court to start the process that makes it possible for papers to be served on a person in a foreign country.

“So that will happen on 19 September. The application that we’re serving is an application for the review of the decision by the minister to grant immunity.”